Xin Yi,Pseudonym of Chen Zhi-jun, born in Xuan Cheng City, Anhui Province in 1963 . Member of China Essayists Association, member of Writers Association of Anhui Province, and vice-chairman of Writers Association of Xuan Cheng City. He has published Insolently (2012), a long gest and a lot of poems.
Ziqing Zhang is professor of Institute of Foreign Literature, Nanjing University, Nanjing, guest research Fellow of Chinese American Literature Research Center, Beijing University of Foreign Studies, Beijing. He was a visiting scholar as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University from 1982 to 1983 and Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University and The University of California at Berkeley from 1993 to 1994. His works include A History of 20th Century American Poetry (1995, 1997), Selected Poems of T.S.Eliot (1985), Selected American Poems (1993) and Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes (1998). He has co-authored Two Sides of the Globe: Contemporary Chinese and American Literatures and Their Comparison (1993) and On American New Pastoral Poems (2006). He has received many awards including The First Prize of Humanities Research Science Foundation of Nanjing University in 1998.
under a tree
I happened to step on
a pile of leaves
and an earthworm
Fallen leaves under foot on the ground
causing a faint stir; filling the shadows
with crushing and scraping
Under all those layers
the earthworm makes use only of darkness and calm
the pressure of time--the changing of seasons--the black and white between
heaven and earth
or the echo made by something crashing beyond
a cave in the mud wriggling, twisting, rising and falling
lucky earthworm, a life enjoyed without
Note： Xuan Cheng City is known for “Sitting alone in the Jing Ting Mountain”,
a four-line poem by Li Po.
Birds, carry their own silhouette
flitting over branch tops and tips of leaves
in thick loneliness
only the earth